Podcasts regarding poverty in the community created by youth in Champaign, IL. In 2008, three Champaign Centennial High School students produced a three-part radio series addressing the topic of poverty in their community with the help of Moustafa Ayad, a GSLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The youth were part of a community journalism project, funded by the Youth Community Informatics (YCI) IMLS grant, called Community Care and Research. The project aimed to help the youth learn research techniques and community-based journalism skills that allow them to explore topics that are important to their lives.
Ayad and his teen collaborators also participated in "Amplified Librarians," a public radio show on WRFU hosted by two GSLIS students, to share the first part of their series. The segment discussed why the group chose to focus on the topic of poverty, how the topic personally affects them and their community, and the background research they performed to prepare for their project.
Part two of the series chronicled the group's visit to a North Champaign polling place on election day to talk to local residents about poverty. Interview subjects discussed how poverty affects their health and the community at-large, as well as how they believed the presidential candidates would address poverty in the U.S.